Powerful presentations with hypnotherapy
25th February, 20150 Comments
Many of us worry about having to stand up and speak in public. Even a simple wedding speech, delivered on the happiest of occasions, can cause us as much anxiety as a professional presentation. And haven't we all endured watching a terrified public speaker, their hands shaking as they struggle to express themselves, and radiated silent sympathy for their ordeal?
Standing up in front of our peers can be nerve wracking and the stress has nothing to do with our intelligence or ability. I have helped world experts in their field, but they still dread the test of delivering a speech to their peers.
Why are we like this? Well, giving a speech taps into primal, unconscious fear of what might happen when we stand out from the protection of the tribe and try to show ourselves as different or superior. By putting our heads above the parapet, we separate from others, when, in evolutionary terms, safety resides in being similar and in belonging. This makes us feel exposed and vulnerable to attack.
None of this makes rational sense, but the fear arises from the emotional brain, not our logical mind, which is why it is so difficult to reason with ourselves.
Hypnotherapy is a valuable tool for banishing performance fright and enabling the resources of the unconscious mind to take over. It eliminates the fear of being criticised or making a fool of oneself, facilitating a polished delivery without a trace of self-consciousness. Once fear is out of the way, performance nerves become channelled into a super sharp focus on the content. We build a pleasant relationship with our audience on equal terms.
If you have to give a talk, use hypnotherapy so that you can enjoy every moment of the experience.
About the author
Marian Barry is an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist practising at the Harley Hypnotherapy Clinic London, and Gt Abington, Cambridge. She has given talks at international conferences around the world and specialises in confidence building.
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